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Benefits and Hazards of Exercise

Benefits and Hazards of Exercise, a book compilation of updated review articles from the British Journal of Sports Medicine has had excellent reviews and continues to climb the list of medical bestsellers. There is an increasing market for sport and exercise medicine literature, not just within the medical profession but also throughout the sport and leisure industry. Following the success of this venture, the BMJ and Royal College of General Practitioners have organised a superb conference addressing the most important aspects of the benefits of exercise and how to get the population active. The conference will be at the Chelsea Village Conference Centre on Thursday 15 June and, following the success of Chelsea Football Club both at home and abroad, many delegates will relish the opportunity to visit this famous ground. Further details are available from the Royal College of General Practitioners Courses Unit (tel: 0171 823 9703; email: courses{at}rcgp.org.uk).

Forthcoming conferences

June is the month for sports medicine conferences. After many years of famine, we now have two major conferences on sport and exercise medicine in London on successive weeks. The Royal College of Physicians have put together a high quality meeting focusing on Exercise Prescription on 8 June with details available from the Conference Administrator, Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew's Place, Regents Park, London NW1 4LE.

Mike Turner has put together an excellent conference on tennis injuries to coincide with the Wimbledon season (23–25 June). This is a superb conference which will attract all racket sport enthusiasts. Among the speakers are Per Renstrom, Savio L-Y Woo, and Ben Kibler, and these are just a few of a host of sports medicine stars. Wimbledon attracted some adverse comments in recent years about the provision of sports medical care. No one can fault their response with this outstanding programme.

American College of Sports Medicine annual conference

The American College of Sports Medicine annual conference promises a large BASEM presence this year. Ron Maughan features on a number of events. Nic Mafulli, winner of the AIRCAST prize 1999 has been chosen to give the BASEM lecture on tendon injuries. There is also a unique opportunity to learn about the systems of peer review and how to get into print in three of the world's medical journals. Tom Best, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and former editor of the Clinical Supplement of Medicine, Science, Sport and Exercise joins with Winne Meuwisse of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and Domhnall MacAuley of the British Journal of Sports Medicine in a discussion on how to publish in the sports medical press. A must for budding authors.

Annual Scottish BASEM meeting

Out door pursuits enthusiasts congregated at Glenmore lodge, near Aviemore for the annual Scottish BASEM meeting entitled The Upper limb and Beyond. Introduced by Jane Dunbar, who has done so much to promote this meeting in the past, the weekend with a wonderful success and remains one of the highlights of the sports medicine calendar.

London marathon

The 20th London marathon brought thousands to the streets again in April, but also brought a large group of doctors to a superb medical conference, coordinated by Dan Tunstall-Pedoe, at the Royal Society of Medicine. Highlights of the conference included lectures by Ron Maughan, Roger Wolman, and Martyn Shorten.

UK Sports Institute

The UK Sports Institute continues to progress and Roger Moreland was recently appointed to lead the project. Many will remember that Roger spoke at the 1999 BASEM conference and gave us some insight into how he perceived the development of the medical side of sport. He emphasised the importance of sport and exercise medicine and how it should be an integral part of the package offered by the Institute. We can look forward to a fruitful partnership in the future.

Institute of Sports Medicine

The Institute of Sports Medicine recently announced details of their annual awards for 2000. These are, arguably, the most prestigious awards in British sports medicine and attract considerable national and international interest. The Prince Philip Medal in Sports Medicine is the highest award. It will be presented to a doctor who has made an outstandingly significant and original contribution to the advancement of medical knowledge or technique in the treatment of sports injuries, or of psychological and/or physical conditions brought on by participation in particular sports. The Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Sports Medicine is awarded for outstanding contribution to clinical and/or research work in the field of sports medicine in the community. The Sir Robert Atkins Award will be awarded to the doctor who has provided, for not less than five years, the most consistently valuable medical (clinical/preventive) service to a national sporting organisation or sport in general. Further details of all these awards are available from the Secretary, The Institute of Sports Medicine, The Royal Free and University College Medical School, Charles Bell House, 67/73 Riding House Street, London W1P 7LD. The closing date is 1 September 2000.

British Olympic Association

The Olympics are drawing closer and most medical teams are well into their preparation for the event. Few nations will have a medical team as well organised as that coordinated by Richard Budgett, Director of Medical Services for the Great Britain team. On 6 May, the medical team met at Northwick Park Hospital, home of the British Olympic Medical Centre, for their first orientation course and heard presentations on many aspects of the Olympic medical adventure. This included all the expected topics: jet lag, doping, medical and physiotherapy support, but also held a few surprises with a talk on the flora and fauna of eastern Australia.

BASEM congress 2000

The final programme for the BASEM Congress 2000 is now available. It takes place from Friday 3 November until Sunday 5 November at the Hilton Puckrup Hotel in Tewkesbury in association with the British Olympic Medical Centre and the British Olympic Association, together with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine. The international keynote speakers are Bob Cantu, a world authority on sporting head injuries from Concord Massachusetts, and Norbert Bachl who will address the challenge of sports medicine in health promotion. All enquiries and bookings for the conference should be made to Mrs Sue Roberts, BASEM Company Office, 12 Greenside Avenue, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7SA. The research papers and poster session will be coordinated by Mrs Lindsay Thomson FASIC, Centre for Sport and Exercise, The University of Edinburgh, 46 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ (tel: 0131 650 2578; fax: 0131 557 6398; email: lindsay.thomson{at}ed.ac.uk).

AIRCAST Travel Fellowship

The AIRCAST Travel Fellowship will be awarded once again at the BASEM conference and the recipient will deliver a lecture outlining their research on the evening of 4 November. Details of the submission criteria for the AIRCAST Travel Fellowship are available from Dr Ian Adams, 25 Parish Ghyll Drive, Ilkley, Yorkshire LS29 9PT.

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